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Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on a refresh for its small car lineup, and we’ve seen numerous prototypes of the A-Class, B-Class, GLA, and GLB in various stages of development testing with camouflage. With new spy shots of the swoopy sedan and the more practical Shooting Brake alternative, it’s time to take a look at the CLA family.
The two trial cars shown in the gallery below were recently photographed while being evaluated in Germany. The amount of disguise on both vehicles is minimal, implying only minor cosmetic changes. It’s also worth noting that both CLAs were outfitted with the AMG design package.
At the front, it appears that the headlight graphics will be tweaked, as well as a redesigned bumper. The radiator grille is also hidden, preventing us from seeing its design, though we don’t expect significant changes in that regard. The CLA and CLA Shooting Brake will have different grilles depending on the trim level, just like the current model.
The situation is similar in the back; the disguise is minimal, covering only the taillights and the area between the lighting clusters. Even though the LED graphics on the taillights appear to be the same as on the current model, a few changes may be made to keep the overall design at the back fresh. No tweaks to the bumper or lower diffuser are visible from these photos.
Under the hood, no major changes are planned. Mercedes will most likely continue to offer the CLA family with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The CLA 35 and CLA 45 AMG models are also expected to remain unchanged mechanically. On the technological front, the CLA family could be equipped with the most recent version of the automaker’s infotainment system.
Given how lightly camouflaged these prototypes are, we anticipate seeing the refreshed CLA range, as well as the rest of the brand’s small car models, by the end of the year. Those intended for sale in the United States will most likely arrive as 2023 models.
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